|ZINNIA'S ARE IN SUCH ABUNDANCE, THAT THEY CAN JUST BE CUT TO DO THINGS LIKE THIS! |
'ZINNIA OKLAHOMA MIX' FROM JOHNNY'S SELECTED SEEDS, DIRECT SOWN IN JULY
IN THE GARDEN
Peppers and eggplants are really deep in their season - they are probably secretly wishing for even a longer seasonal transition with warmer days, but I fear that summer is really over for both us, and them. Apparently our summer has been the 5th driest on record, but for some reason, our vegetable garden only needed the sprinklers turned on three times this summer. I think that I can credit our unique geography here - just west of the Bershire mountains, Worcester gets frequent thunder showers in the summer. Many of our hot peppers are showing some cracks, just tiny, woody cracks that are more of a sign of heat and dry stress than anything else, (I think after this week, I have a few more cracks too!) As you can see below, what's a few stress cracks - They are still full of flavor and maybe even photogenic, if not technically 'picture perfect'.
|THE TREE PEPPERS IN THE MIDDLE HERE ARE 'LUNCHBOX' MIXED, FROM JOHNNY'S SELECTED SEEDS|
I only grew three types of peppers this year, Jalapeño ( for salsa which make about every three days - a little crazy for Mexican food lately!), and worth mentioning - a great blend of peppers from Johnny's Selected Seed called Lunchbox mix (this is not a product placement nor a sponsored post BTW - I only mentioned Johnny's because I trust them and honestly order from them), Lunchbox mix, an organic mix of sweet snack peppers produces the sweetest peppers that actually have flavor without the bit. Your kids would love them, as they are nearly as sweet a candy. Surprisingly, the plants are ornamental too ( I grew mine in containers and in the garden, but the container plants grew the best, but they may be a little tall for most small plantings - the plants reached 3 feet tall. I will grow them again. Oh, the Jalapeno's are also from Johnny's - 'El Jefe' on the left and 'Concho' on the right. I really didn't fuss over them, they had to fend for themselves in some raised beds out behind the greenhouse.
For more, click below!